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- Graduate Diploma in Journalism
This course is one year full-time or equivalent part-time study.
- 1 year full-time
A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.
Change to a journalism career and learn advanced research, production and publishing skills for contemporary media formats.
I think the essence of journalism is storytelling. At Curtin, I got a grasp of how you piece a story together so that it gets people's attention and delivers them the information they need to know in a compelling way.
Opportunities to work at Seven West Media in journalism initiatives.
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As Western Australian’s premier journalism program, Curtin has the experience and industry connections to provide you with the best postgraduate experience in journalism.
In this highly practical course you will learn research, investigative and interviewing skills for audio, video and text-based journalism, and use industry standard equipment and facilities.
Subjects include video news, radio news, news writing, broadcast presentation, media law and ethics, entrepreneurial journalism and long form journalism.
You’ll have the opportunity to practise your reporting skills by publishing your journalism on Curtin's student digital news site, Western Independent, and you will build a portfolio of your work.
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.
- Curtin's journalism program has developed a reputation for excellence over 45 years and has strong connections to media organisations throughout Western Australia.
- You will be able to practise your reporting skills by producing journalism for the Western Independent website.
- You will acquire the abilities to to accurately interpret and present information and keep the public informed –valuable skills in this communication age.
The future of journalism
Journalism is a dynamic and fast-paced industry that has witnessed much change in recent decades. This has led to many new niche and boutique media startups, creating varied employment opportunities.
Many of Curtin’s journalism graduates find work at major media organisations. We aim to produce skilled multimedia journalists who thrive in the contemporary digital environment and can demonstrate the fundamental skills of research, interviewing, writing and broadcast presentation.
- Corporate and public sector communications
- Public relations
What you'll learn
- understand and apply a range of learning strategies; take responsibility for one's own learning and development; sustain intellectual curiosity and develop a commitment to professional research and publication, as well as reflective practice
- assess and evaluate information, and synthesise key facts, themes, and ideas in creating journalism
- communicate appropriately with colleagues, professional contacts and a range of audiences. Assess the application of existing and emerging technologies on journalism to create effective professional work
- understand the discipline Journalism and the role of journalists and journalism in a globalized world; understand and apply established knowledge, principles, and professional practices in Journalism
- acknowledge the interrelationship between local, national, and global perspectives and the impact of these on journalism: recognise individual human rights, and appreciate the importance of cultural diversity and the sensitivities which may be created when engaging with and representing issues pertaining to marginalised groups
- demonstrate professional behaviour and standards and work collaboratively within the legal and ethical parameters of journalism
A bachelor degree or equivalent in an unrelated field from a recognised institution OR a Graduate Certificate in Journalism.
Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.
|IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)|
|Overall band score||7.0|
Other requirements and notes for this course
Applicants for a Graduate Diploma are required to meet University academic and English language entry standards; details are provided at http://futurestudents.curtin.edu.au. Applicants generally require a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate. Any specific course entry and completion requirements must also be met.
In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.
At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.
You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.
If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.
A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.
CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.
Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:
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Fees & charges
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- Curtin course code: GD-JOURL
- CRICOS code: 0100576
- Last updated on: July 2, 2022